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Scotts Valley

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Four Points by Sheraton
5030 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA  95066
United States of America
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Gifted sculpture from the Rotarians in Taipei!
 
 
Idris Goodwin is an award winning scriptwriter, breakbeat poet, educator and director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. He was recently named a 2021 United States Artist Fellow. He quoted his father: A thing is what a thing does. And so us Rotarians, our actions show who we are.
 
 
The 7th and newest cause of Rotary- Protection of the Environment. Richard King says Rotary is in the business of men kind and of humanity. Now we are also in the business of planet sustainability.
 
 
 
Dr Aylward from WHO, said Rotarians have the KnowHow to prepare communities for public vaccinations as they learned from eradication of Polio; Rotarians have the contacts with local and National leaders needed to provide access to sites, and the perseverance which it takes to help to curb Covid in the poorest countries of the world. He encourages Rotarians to participate.
 
 
RI President Elect Shekhar Mehta has a dream, he likes to reach 1.3 million members by July 1st 2022! To reach this dream he likes Each One to Bring One!! If each Rotarian brings just 1 more member we can do it!
 
 
 
Holger Knaack, Rotary International President; Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany. He is holding a small model of the Taipei Rotarians sculpture a Dialoge between Time and Space. RI President Holger said : "Taking care of our planet we show respect to future generations." "If you are a Rotarian you are an activist!" "Service Above Self is a reason for being. It is an opportunity to better our selves!" Congratulations for your year Mr President!
 
 
 
Beautiful and fun Hike celebrated our first in person get together at the East Glenwood Preserve in Scotts Valley! 😊 Then, we ate our brown-bag lunches at Patrizia's from yard lawn, and personally gave our newest member Bob Anthony his member package and pin! He is one of us now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotts Valley Senior Center - Clean Up Day for reopening of the Center by many local service clubs.
— Organized by Darshana Croskrey, Senior center Director", by Cindy Schuette
 
 
 
Group photo of members of Scotts valley Service organizations including Exchange, Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs.
 
A very fun Debunking Aloha Party for our great President Cindy Schuette! 
 
Here is her message to us:
"Thank you to our Rotary Club of Scotts Valley 'Ohana' (family). My husband, Bill and Santa Cruz Rotarian always tells me that "time flies by when you are having fun." Yes, two years did fly-zoom by. This was made possible by all of the members and friends of our Rotary club. Thank you for your support and commitment to service above self for our club and community. Thank you for the many accolades and Proclamation Day Award.
Our new President, Patrizia Materassi for 2021-2022 is ready to start her year in July. I am looking forward to her year and know she will bring some new ideas and move our club forward to greater accomplishments. Since the 4th of July falls on Sunday this year, our club will have no meeting on Monday July 5. The gavel will be passed at Patrizia's first meeting on July 12.
Mahalo to you all for your 'Aloha' Spirit (Aloha has many meanings and two are 'deep caring' and 'love'. Mahalo and Aloha to all.
Cindy Schuette, Your President 2019-2021"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derek Timn, the Mayor of Scotts Valley made a great presentation on the status of the city. He shared with us how the city survived the terrible fires, where police and Fire and partnerships with other Agencis all saved our lives and our city. He talked about the impact of Covid on local businesses and the great partnership with the Chamber. Went over projects in the works and financial considerations. 
 
 
Derek Timn -Scotts Valley Mayor Derek Timn is a small business owner and an attorney who practiced law with Seyfarth Shaw and Ropers Majeski, worked as VP, Business Development of Wish.com and founded Montalvo Homes & Estates.

His community work includes six years as President of the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation, Chair of the SV Planning Commission and Chair of Save Our Schools, where he helped pass 3 measures for Scotts Valley Schools including Measure A to rebuild the Scotts Valley Middle School. In 2017 he was honored as Scotts Valley Man of the Year and in 2018 was elected to the Scotts Valley City Council.
 
 
 
Ginaia Kelly, Executive Director, presented on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. She stated a National marine sanctuary is like a national park underwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to educate the community in their interaction with the ocean, and protect the Sanctuary environment and resources by supporting its programs, projects, and partnerships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ginaia Kelly is the Executive Director of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation with more than 15 years of leadership experience with global and local nonprofit organizations. She has lived near the sanctuary for over 25 years and spent much of that time advocating for its conservation and protection.
 


Before joining MBNMS Foundation, Kelly served as the Board Chairperson for Save Our Shores, as well as the Interim Executive Director of Save Our Shores and Save the Waves Foundation. She led the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was the Director of Workforce Development Services, Santa Cruz County, as well as served as a consultant to several marine conservation nonprofit start-ups. Kelly holds a law degree and worked as an attorney in Santa Cruz for many years before making the jump to full-time non-profit management.

She holds a BA from University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law. Kelly and her family have volunteered for numerous community organizations, including having volunteered to take children with disabilities out surfing in the sanctuary with Ride A Wave Foundation for 19 years.

Kelly lives along the coast in Davenport with her husband and two sons. She is a former competitive surfer and professional high diver. She can still often be found having "board meetings" at Steamer's Lane.
 
 
 
RotaCare in 3 ways: Our own Past District Governor Ron Sekkel made a great presentation. He focused his program on 3 ways of participating at RotaCare:
- The Santa Cruz RotaCare Free Medical Clinic, currently located at Star of the Sea Church to serve the uninsured & underserved with access to healthcare. https://www.rotacarebayarea.org/santacruz
- RotaCare Bay Area, Inc., a 501.c.3, serving the SF Bay Area with 10 Free Medical Clinics, which includes the Santa Cruz Clinic, and
- RotaCare Free Clinics, Inc., a separate 501.c.3, with the intent purpose of helping other regions in the United States to start new Free Clinics. We currently have clinics in New York, El Paso, Texas, and Washington. We are developing clinics in San Antonio & Houston, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida, and in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
 
Ron was instrumental in mobilizing support to provide Covid-19 PPEs for medical workers and patients of 7 of the RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. Clinics via a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. The Rotary Club of Alameda, our international partner club from South Africa, and private donors as Ron, and the immediate Past Governor of District 5170, Ramesh Hariharan, participated in raising $41,000 to buy the PPEs for 7 of the clinics. A separate Grant with the help of 26 Rotary Clubs in District 5160 led by Past President Steve Polcyn of the Alamo Rotary Club raised $51,000 to buy PPEs for the other 3 clubs. Congratulations Ron and much appreciation for all those many who participated in supporting such a worthy cause.
 
Manu Koenig, first district Supervisor shared his background with us and presented the County of
Santa Cruz major issues and his proposals for new policies and change. He updated us on the
County approval for potential tiny houses built though partnerships to house the homeless.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Manu Koenig serves as First District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County. The District includes Live Oak, Pleasure Point, Soquel Village, Happy Valley, Soquel San Jose Rd, and a large portion of the Summit area. Parts of the cities of Santa Cruz, Capitola and Scotts Valley are included as well. Manu was originally elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2020.
Prior to his election to the Board, Manu worked for several technology startups including Paystand in Scotts Valley. He was Executive Director of Santa Cruz County Greenway and worked on Measure L in Capitola to "Save Our Trestle" for bikes and pedestrians.
From 2011 to 2018 Manu was CEO and Founder of Civinomics.
The local startup created an online application for citizens to propose and vote on new policy online. It also conducted polling and survey research for local government agencies throughout Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area.
Manu was born and raised in Santa Cruz and has family in Corralitos and Live Oak. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and he is an avid surfer, cyclist and climber. Manu lives in Live Oak with his fiancée Leah
 
 
Thomas Wynn, CEO of WCM came to our club and responded to numerous financial questions, investment trading strategies, and on recent stock market manipulations that many believe needs to be regulated. Thomas stated he is a Fiduciary Advisor since start meaning first comes duty to shareholders.  
 
THOMAS WYNN - CEO
In 2003 Thomas founded Wynn Capital Management with a vision of offering the advanced trading strategies normally reserved for institutions and hedge funds to individual investors—at a fraction of the cost.

Thomas worked on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco from 1981 to 1996. Starting as a “runner” Thomas eventually became an equity and options market maker in 1985.

On July 1, 1987 with starting capital of $25,000 Thomas formed his own trading company, Wynn Options. Four months later on Oct 19th Thomas was on the floor of the exchange trading for his own account during “Black Monday” the –23% single day decline that shook global markets.
 
Thomas survived an event that wiped out many professional traders and went on to have a successful nine year career as a floor trader. Thomas bought a seat on the exchange in 1989 and trained and financed other traders.
Thomas is active in the Santa Cruz community and is currently: Board Member, Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce ; Guest lecturer in Economics at the University of California Santa Cruz; Past President of the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce 2009–2011; Member of the SLV Rotary Club.
 
 
Ken Doctor made a presentation and shared with us about this news company...."Lookout is an emerging network of, digital-only, mobile-first, editorially robust, " ...local media outlet offering community-centric; news and resources." 
 
 
 
"Lookout Mission: We believe in American democracy and the power of local communities to better themselves. We know that high-quality, trustworthy, non-partisan and connect-the-dots local news reporting is essential to the strengthening of those communities and our country in the 2020s.

Acting on that belief, we’ve created Lookout Local.

Lookout is an emerging network of, digital-only, mobile-first, editorially robust, intensely local media outlets offering community-centric news and resources.

The company’s network of websites will serve small to mid-sized markets, repopulating news and advertising deserts with modern, vibrant news products.
 
 
 
 
As Donor Services Officer of the Santa Cruz County Community Foundation, Hilary is excited to work with current and future donors in planning and creating funds for immediate giving and future giving to help our community thrive. She is passionate about providing opportunities for youth and protection of our environment. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a local government official, tech entrepreneur, and civic leader in Santa Cruz and is excited to share her love of Santa Cruz County with donors.
 
 
 
 
 
After she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Biology, she chose to make Santa Cruz her home. Hilary worked as a real estate broker and met her husband, Dr. David Shuman, a veterinarian. Together, they built Westside Animal Hospital in downtown Santa Cruz. An active volunteer, she was appointed to the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, and in 2010, was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council, serving as Vice Mayor in 2012 and Mayor in 2013. During her Council term, Hilary combined her knowledge of regional outdoor resources, business, and technical expertise to help Santa Cruz address critical issues. She worked to grow and retain businesses in Santa Cruz, was active in the endeavor to bring the Santa Cruz Warriors to the City, led efforts to establish the City’s first Open Data Ordinance, and also developed the first Santa Cruz Youth City Council in partnership with eight local schools. Most recently, Hilary co-founded Buoy Labs, a water-saving technology startup, which was acquired by Resideo Technologies in 2019. She also enjoys surfing, swimming, running, biking, and tries to keep up with her two teenagers in all of their various activities. She currently serves on several area non-profit boards, including Digital NEST and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Hillary is also a member and Past President of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bebo White is Emeritus at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the National Lab operated by Stanford University. He is also a Visiting Professor at The University of Hong Kong. Bebo became fascinated by the world of cryptocurrency after teaching a course about E-Commerce Technology and has been researching, speaking, and teaching about it for the past 10 years. Additional information about him can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bebo-white-763604/
 
 
Greg Lukina is a Realtor with David Lyng Real Estate since 2013 after working for Cahill Contractors, Inc., S.F. as Senior Project Manager. His last project at Cahill was the construction of a $31.5 million, 120-unit apartment project in the Transbay Redevelopment District in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Prior to 2013, he was an engineer at Treadwell & Rollo, Inc., a San Francisco based geotechnical and environmental engineering firm. He earned his M.B.A. from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in Geotechnical Engineering from the UC Berkeley. He also holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC Berkeley. In 2018, he became a full-time REALTOR with David Lyng Real Estate. 
1. Promoting peace
2. Fighting disease
3. Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene
4. Saving mothers and children
5. Supporting education
6. Growing local economies
7. Protecting the environment
 
Celebrating Past-President and Charter member Jun Lee. Jun became an honorary member after his illness. We miss him and send our condolences to his widow Carol and family.
 
Amazing presentation by a teacher Kavita Gupta, awarded by National Geographic on a trip to the Galapagos Island!
 
 
Great way to bring hands-on experience for her class!
Danny Reber, Executive Director of the Scotts Balley Chambers of Commerce made a great presentation. Sharing about his Board of Directors and Ambassadors and the benefits to belong to the Chambers, especially during difficult times like now. Great programs and initiatives to support our business community. Congratulations Danny!
 
Natural Disasters in the Monterrey Bay Area- a great presentation of impacts of earthquakes, floods, land slides and debris, and shoreline erosion overtime by Gary Griggs, distinguished professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCSC.
 
 
Professor Griggs taught at UCSC for 52 years and served as the Director of the University's Institute of Marine Sciences for 26 years. He recently published his 12th book. In 2016 he was appointed to the California Ocean Science Trust.
Sue McKinney presented her incredible "Vietnam Interact Project", helping survivors of human trafficking while educating youth to curb the problem from happening in the first place.
 
 
A powerful presentation which provoked our member Sira, who has relatives from Vietnam to offer her own testimony!
Chief Ian Larkin presents on the CZU Lighting Complex Fire. He has been a member of CAL FIRE Command/Incident Management teams since 2011.
 
 
Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor for the 5th District came and shared the latest news on the County's situation after devastating CZU Lighting Complex Fire, and recent Planning and Zoning Department policies dealing with streamline permits, FEMA issues, and setting up a resource center at the Keyser Permanente Arena. We are glad all the agencies involved did an outstanding job.
Mark Mesiti-Miller is a husband, father, grandfather and a Professional Civil Engineer with more than three decades of experience designing public works infrastructure. Mark is a past two-term planning commissioner and a past president of the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce. Mark first got involved in the Rail with Trail in 1997 and currently serves on the board of the Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail, a grassroots volunteer organization founded in 2002. Mark is dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone by focusing on equitable and affordable housing and transportation.
 
 
 
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